Monday, June 30, 2008

Cherrelle


Cherrelle (born Cheryl Week Norton on October 13, 1958 in Los Angeles, California) is a female R&B singer from the 80s and early 90s. Her cousin is R&B singer Pebbles.

When her family moved to Detroit, Michigan, Cherrelle met singer\bassist Michael Henderson. Michael was recording his 1977 album "In the Nighttime" at time and invited her to the studio. She would come to the recording studio at night when she finished her day job at a bank. Because of her constant tardiness, her boss would tell her, "Cher-relle, you're late!"

Cherrelle went on tour with Michael and the late Luther Vandross. She recorded a demo for Tabu Records which earned her a recording contract with the label. She worked with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on the album.
In 1984, Cherrelle released her debut album, "Fragile" which peaked at #144 on the Billboard 200 and #27 on Billboard's Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Her first single, "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and #8 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. The song was covered a year later by Robert Palmer and again in 2001 by Mariah Carey for her movie soundtrack, "Glitter."
The second single, "Fragile....Handle with Care" peaked at #37 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. Cherrelle's debut album was certified Gold, selling over 400,000 copies in the United States. In 1985, she appeared on Alexander O'Neal's debut album on the track "Innocent."
In the same year, she released her second album, "High Priority" which peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200 chart and #9 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In the U.K., the album peaked at #17 on the UK Albums chart.
The first single from the album "You Look Good to Me" peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The second single "Saturday Love" featuring Alexander O'Neal, became a hit, peaking at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 3 weeks, staying on the chart for 19 weeks. The song also peaked at #6 on the U.K. Singles chart and #7 on the Irish Singles chart. It was certified Gold in the U.S.
The third single from the album "Artificial Heart" peaked at #18 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The last single from the album "Will You Satisfy" reached moderate success in the U.K., peaking at #57 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn't chart in the US.
In 1988, Cherrelle paired up with Alexander O'Neal on his "Hearsay" album on the track, "Never Knew Love Like This" which peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
In the same year, she released her third album, "Affair" which peaked at #106 on the Billboard 200 chart and #15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Everything I Miss at Home" featuring Alexander O'Neal, topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in December of 1988.
The second single, "Affair" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The last single released from the album, "What More Can I Do For You" peaked at #58 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1991, Cherrelle released her fourth album, "The Woman I Am" which peaked at #43 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album became Cherrelle's last release on Tabu Records.
The first single, "Never in My Life" peaked at #40 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The second single, "Tears of Joy" peaked at #23 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The last single "Still in Love With You" peaked at #86 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
After that, Cherrelle appeared on Pebbles and Alexander O'Neal's albums and in 1995, Tabu Records released "The Best of Cherrelle" greatest hits album.
In 1999, Cherrelle made a comeback with her fifth album, "The Right Time" which peaked at #55 on Billboard's Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.

She reunited with Alexander O'Neal on the song, "Baby Come To Me" which had moderate success in the U.K., but not a lot in the U.S.
In 2005, her second greatest hits album was released, but it's unknown how or if made the charts. These days, Cherrelle continues to perform and is currently completing her newest album "50 and Fine" which has yet to be released.

To see the music video for "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BV1Ft4BQ1o

To see the music video for "You Look Good to Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx_KLkUcMgI

To see the music video for "Affair," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5mT2LOjoXs

To see the music video for "Everything I Miss At Home," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaXRDZQOGi4

To see the music video for "Artificial Heart," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkSWCM5pjn8

To see the music video for "Never Knew Love Like This," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1_eaDugtFk

To see the music video for "Never In My Life," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thI6RA-qZo0

To see the music video for "Tears of Joy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZxvuCqXJ2I

To see a video of Cherrelle & Alexander O'Neal performing "Saturday Love" on "Soul Train," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3oDPUDymwE

To see the music video for "Innocent," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe2SvZ5RfCk


[Updated on 04\03\12]

Cyré

Cyré (born Laura Cyré Rodriguez from the Bronx, New York) was a female freestyle/dance singer from the 80s.

As a child,  Cyré wrote poetry, short stories & songs. She decided to forgo an all-arts education and got her university degree from Marymount College in the sciences with a concentration on psychology and biology.

Cyré enrolled at the Mozartina in Tarrytown, studing voice & music theory. After graduating, she turned down an invitation to continue in a Master's PhD. program from a prominent university to join a chart-topping R&B group on tour in France.

After the group broke up, she joined other various groups while developing her abilities in the recording studio in R&B and pop music. She also performed in small jazz venues in New York City and was eventually offered a record deal.
In 1987, Cyré scored a hit with her first single, "Last Chance" on Fresh Records, which peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #60 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1992, Cyré released another single, "The Life" on 4th & Broadway Records. It's unknown how or if the single ever made the charts.

Since then, Cyré's music has been heard films distributed by 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and Orion Pictures. She has performed live and on national television in the U.S., France, Italy & Holland and even toured for 3 months in Israel.

Cyré represented the United States in International Song Festivals in Havana, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

She was invited to perform by the Pentagon for the September 11th Americas Heroes tribute in Washington, D.C., sharing the stage with Roberta Flack, Muhammed Ali, and Randy Travis. She has performed concerts in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and at the Beacon Theatre opening for Spain's Azucar Moreno.

Cyré has hosted the Channel 7 ABC-tv show, "New York Hot Tracks" with former 92-KTU musical director, Carlos De Jesus. She is also recognized for her appearances on Spanish television as well.  She was the co-producer and musical director for CBS channel 2's Fall 2004 season, "The Nueva\Estrella New Star" awards. 

Cyré is also a screenwriter, currently involved in the development of a feature film about legendary Cuban songstress, La Lupe and a spiritual sci-fi film, "Strangelove." She is also working in the studio on a new album that is yet to be released.

To see Cyré's official Facebook fan page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cyre/122091424472082

To see Cyré's MySpace page, go to:
http://myspace.com/thecyre

To see the music video for "Last Chance," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHlnuIC6Rro

To see a fan-made video for "The Life," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwzX4YoyGC0


[updated on 02/24/13]

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tara Kemp

Tara Kemp (born Tara Leslye Kemp on May 11, 1964 in Livermore, California) is a female R&B/pop singer from the 90s.
In 1990, she released her debut single, "Hold You Tight" which became her biggest hit to date, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
A year later in 1991, Tara released her self-titled debut album on Giant Records, peaking at #109 on the Billboard 200 and #34 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The follow-up single from the album, "Piece of My Heart" peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #47 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
 The last single from the album, "Too Much" flopped, peaking at a low #95 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tara was featured on the "Class Act" movie soundtrack and the "Beverly Hills 90210" tv soundtrack.

Giant Records later folded leaving not only Tara, but labelmates Jeremy Jordan, Jade, & Color Me Badd without record contracts.
In 1994, she released her last single to date, "Come Correct" on Nerve Records, but didn't appear to make much impact.

After that, it seemed as if Tara has faded into obscurity, but according to the Isle of Deserted Pop Stars, she is working on a new dance music single.

To see the music video for "Hold You Tight," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeZ3QV_IJXc

To see the music video for "Piece of My Heart," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-MZ6GvSPTc

To see a fan-made video for "Too Much," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEK10N4Djzc

To see a fan-made video for "Come Correct," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdVhs4C1Rlk


[updated on 03/22/13]

Seduction

Seduction was an all-female freestyle\dance-pop group from the 90's that was created by Robert Clivillés and David Cole (of C&C Music Factory).    
The group was originaly intended as a studio project and the first single, "Seduction" (later retitled "Seduction's Theme") that featured vocals by Carol Cooper & was released to dance clubs.

The single managed to peak at #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in February of 1989 and #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song also peaked at #87 on the U.K. Singles chart.

After the success of the single, Cole and Clivillés assembled a group of girls who displayed talent, sex appeal and multiformat potential.

The girls that chosen were April Harris (born on March 25, 1967), Michelle Visage (born Michelle Shupack on September 20, 1968 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey), and Idalis DeLeon (born June 15, 1966).
In October of 1989, Seduction released their only album, "Nothing Matters Without Love" which peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200 and #28 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their second single, "You're My One and Only (True Love)" peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1989, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in August of 1989, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #56 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in August of 1989, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. The song also peaked at #92 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single from the album and biggest hit to date, "Two To Make it Right" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1990 and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in January of 1990. The song also peaked at #79 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The fourth single, a cover version of Taana Gardner's hit dance song, "Heartbeat" peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1990, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #21 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in February of 1990, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #75 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The fifth single from the album, "Could This Be Love" peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 1990, #21 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in September of 1990, and #38 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in July of 1990, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Breakdown" peaked at #82 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1990, #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles chart.

By mid-1990, Idalis left the group and was replaced by Sinoa Loren (born on December 6, 1966). During that same year, Michelle was featured on freestyle group TKA's top 10 dance hit, "Crash (Have Some Fun)."

In 1992, Michelle provided lead vocals for dance act The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. on their #1 dance hit, "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day" which was also featured on "The Bodyguard" movie soundtrack After the success of their only album, Seduction parted ways in 1991.

Despite their breakup, the members of the group have still managed to keep themselves busy in the entertainment business.

Idalis became an MTV VJ and also appeared as an actress on shows such as "Six Feet Under," "Nip Tuck," & "Burn Notice." She also appeared in the movies "Running Scared" and "Vicious Circle." These days, Idalis runs an entertainment firm called iDalis Media.com.

Michelle works as a radio DJ and is the host of the Sunny 104.3 Morning Show on WEAT-FM in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since January of 2011, she is the third permanent panel judge on the Logo cable network television show, "RuPaul's Drag Race."

Sinoa provided vocals on two movie soundtracks: "Carlito's Way" and "The Shadow." She has written and recorded several dance songs that have been played throughout South America and Mexico.

These days, she is working with an original music group called SKY (which is a tribute to Seduction). Along with Sinoa, the group also features Karmine and Yassmin Alers.

April earned a B.A. from Howard University's School of Communication. She also performed in various plays.

In 2004, she established AVH Entertainment, LLC, which is a music & television production company. She also owns the rights to the name "Seduction" and reassembled the group with two new members, Maria Flora and Eunice Quinones (also known as Miss New York Latina 2006).
The new line-up of Seduction released two albums under April's record label: "Feel Brand New" and "The Hits & More." April's current projects in development include a television show geared towards teenagers.

To see the music video for "It Takes Two," go to:

To see the music video for "You're My One and Only (True Love)," go to:

To see the music video for "Could This Be Love," go to:

To see the music video for "Heartbeat," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUqxga3OARU

To see a fan-made video for "Breakdown," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1zVgGOYBNg


[updated on 09\09\12]

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thank You!!

Thank you for all the positive and helpful feedback on my blog. I'll try to update it with more music. I hope you keep visiting my blog and keep the feedback coming!!

Yours Truly,
The Music Know-It All

Friday, June 13, 2008

Eugene Wilde

Eugene Wilde (born Ronald Broomfield on December 6, 1961 in Miami, Florida) is a male R&B singer from the '80s and early '90s.

Eugene began singing when he was 5 years old and was part of a family group called La Voyage, who performed in local clubs. The group later changed its name to Tight Connection and then Simplicious. In 1979, he released an album on Curtom Records under the name "Ron Broomfield" as a member of music group, Today, Tomorrow, Forever.

Eugene changed his name to "Eugene Wilde" after seeing an advertisement in the paper for a night club called Wilde Flowers.
In 1984, he signed to Philly World Records and released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #97 on the Billboard 200 and #14 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In the United Kingdom, the album charted at #67 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Gotta Get You Home Tonight" which peaked at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in early 1985, staying on the chart for 23 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #18 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The second single from the album, "Rainbow" peaked at #22 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The third single, "Chey Chey Kule" peaked at #69 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks and #83 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single, "Personality" was released, but it's unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.
In 1985, Eugene released his second album, "Serenade" which peaked at #17 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Don't Say No Tonight" peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Eugene's second number-one R&B hit, topping Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 3 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #80 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
The second single, "Diana" peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The last single from the album, "30 Mins to Talk" which peaked at #79 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

He was featured in the movie, "Rappin'" and its soundtrack with Joanna Gardner on the track, "True Love Never Dies." His career came to a brief halt when Philly World Records folded.

In 1987, Eugene appeared on Sheena Easton's album "No Sound But a Heart" on the duet "What if We Fall in Love." He also appeared on music group, Cabo Frio's album and sung two lead vocals.
In 1989, Eugene released his third album, "I Choose You (Tonight)" on MCA Records. The album didn't make the Billboard album charts.
The first single, "I Can't Stop (This Feeling)" peaked at #35 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The second single, "Ain't Nobody's Business" peaked at #50 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The title song peaked at #56 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. Eugene later ran an independent record label, Wilde City Records in Florida.
In 1992, Eugene released his fourth album, "How About Tonight" which also didn't appear to make Billboard's album charts.
The title song managed to peak at #17 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Special Feelings" was released, but didn't make the charts at all. In the 90s, Eugene found success as a songwriter, writing songs for the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and Victoria Beckham.
In 2011, he released his latest album in 16 years, "Get Comfortable" which is available on CD Baby and iTunes.

To see the music video for "Gotta Get You Home Tonight," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOwvU2DGBF8

To see a fan-made video for "Rainbow," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwBTiq7_xuw

To see a fan-made video for "Chey Chey Kule," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwBs7IutXtc

To see a fan-made video for "Personality," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foJo-KxTGtE

To see the music video for "Don't Say No Tonight," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbWDcLOHmqI

To see the music video for "Diana," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6YwGXzNyJI

To see the music video for "30 Mins to Talk," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbfV8zBBFeI

To see a fan-made video for "I Can't Stop (This Feeling)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewq_Y36u0X0

To see a fan-made video for "Ain't Nobody's Business," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elq2KtQDX1Q

To see a fan-made video for "I Choose You (Tonight)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgPeG-fISyE

To see the music video for "How About Tonight," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IaJDSKGVfk

To see a fan-made video for "Special Feelings," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ySPWf3jwzc


[updated on 02/23/13]